Development cooperation ,22.08.2013

HIV Project Good Samaritan


The long term objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the spread of HIV and stigmatization of infected and affected people. The main focus is to reduce stigmatization and discrimination of PLHA. The overall objectives of the Good Samaritan HIV programme (GSP) is to strengthen the involvement of churches in the response to HIV, by enabling people and organisations to: ‘Get knowledge about HIV and AIDS and risky behaviour; Encourage VCT and sexual education; Eradicate stigma and condemnation; Restore PLHA’s human rights, dignity and equality and; To renew churches and local congregations´ social responsibility’. The programme has two main target groups: influental people and opinion leaders with the capacity to act as facilitators and trainers; and people who are particularly vulnerable to HIV: youth, women, PLHA and married persons. The strategy is based on information, education and communication with a focus on behavioural change communication and to work with individuals and communities through sharing and providing supportive and enabling environments. The implementation is based on a two tier strategy: (i) advocacy, sensitisation and mobilisation of community and religious leaders; and (ii) cascade training of trainers to reach local congregations and communities. The training uses the workshop as a platform to facilitate inter-action, sharing and reflection to promote change in attitudes and behaviour. The programme also encourages the formation of local groups for mutual support and action. Gender equality is embedded in training materials and teachings and project staff. Implementing Bible Societies will be further trained on gender issues. Human dignity is one the key elements in the Good Samaritan program. Project is implemented within national HIV coordinating structures that include governmental HIV coordination, religious network and local communities. The direct beneficiaries include PLHIV and non-infected people. Special emphasis is put on women and youth, aim is also try to better address PVDs. The key project activities include four kind of workshops: sensitization for various leaders, training of trainees (ToT), decentralized workshops (DWs), Follow up (FU), Take Charge youth program (TC) and annual capacity building workshops for project staff (Joint Program Review / JPR and anglophone capacity building workshop).


  • 2013: 94 650 €
  • 2014: 93 500 €
  • 2015: 84 150 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Social mitigation of HIV/AIDS 100%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth

Funding channel

Finnish Bible Society



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